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Senior Bowl 2015 – Titan & Jaguar Staffs To Coach All-Star Rosters

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Senior Bowl 2015 – Titans & Jaguars Staffs To Coach Game

The Tennessee Titans and Jacksonville Jaguars have been selected to coach the 2015 Reese’s Senior Bowl next month in Mobile, Ala.

Draft Insiders' Staff will provide extensive coverage of Senior Bowl Practices and Game Via Twitter and Special Subscriber Emails

"It's always an honor and a privilege for the Reese's Senior Bowl to have our game coached by NFL staffs and 2015 will be no exception,” said Reese’s Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage.

The Titans, led by their first-year head coach Ken Whisenhunt, will coach the North team, while second-year Jaguars coach Gus Bradley and his staff will guide the South. Tennessee finished the 2014 season with a record of 2-14 and owns the second pick in next year’s NFL Draft.

Traditionally, the two teams with the worst records and returning coaching staffs coach the Senior Bowl. Tampa Bay has the #1 pick overall and would normally be one of the staffs at the All-Star event, however, the Bucs have declined because they do not have an offensive coordinator currently. Jacksonville was 3-13 this season and will pick third in the draft. The Jaguars, who coached the South team to a 20-10 victory in last year’s game, jumped at the opportunity to coach again after Tampa Bay (2-14) declined.

“I have known Ken Whisenhunt since we worked together with the Baltimore Ravens back in the late 1990's,” Savage said. “As a former NFL player himself and now head coach, he knows exactly what it takes to be successful in professional football and that knowledge should really benefit the prospects he and his staff will work with in Mobile.”

“We are very excited to be one of the coaching staffs at this year’s Senior Bowl," said Whisenhunt, who coached in the Senior Bowl as an assistant with the Baltimore Ravens in 1998. "It is a great opportunity for our organization, but we also understand it is a showcase for these college players and an important week of evaluation for the entire league. I have had the good fortune to coach in this game as an assistant coach before and I really enjoyed that experience and the ability to get to know the players and work with them through the week.”

“We are looking forward to coaching the Senior Bowl in 2015,” said Bradley, whose club selected four players from last year’s game in the NFL Draft. ”Our staff really enjoyed the time we had last year in Mobile. It’s a great opportunity to get to know the players on a personal level and watch them compete on and off the field for an entire week. It proved to be a valuable asset in our pre-draft process last year. The Senior Bowl staff does a great job of taking care of the players and coaches and making it a very enjoyable week.”

“Last year, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Gus Bradley did an outstanding job in coaching the South team,” Savage said. “Gus has an infectious enthusiasm for competition that really resonates with the players in an event like the Reese's Senior Bowl."

Bradley, who has nine years of NFL coaching experience, was hired by Jacksonville two years ago to guide the Jaguars through a rebuilding process. Before joining the Jaguars organization, Bradley spent four seasons (2009-12) with the Seattle Seahawks as defensive coordinator and three years (2006-08) with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers under defensive coordinator Monte Kiffin, serving the last two as linebackers coach after joining the Bucs in 2006 as their defensive quality control coach.

Whisenhunt has 17 seasons of NFL coaching experience, including six years (2007-12) as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. As head coach of the Cardinals, he won a franchise-record 49 games, including an appearance in Super Bowl XLIII after a team-record 12-win season in 2008. In 2013, as offensive coordinator for San Diego, he led the Chargers offense to the fifth most yards in the NFL and the league’s top ranking in third-down offense.

Tennessee previously coached in the Senior Bowl in 2006 when Jeff Fisher led the North to a 31-14 victory. Jacksonville coached the game in 2009 and 2014, leading the South to victories in both games.

The 66th Reese’s Senior Bowl is scheduled for January 24, 2015 at Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile. Kickoff is set for 3 p.m. CT. The NFL Network will televise the practices during the week and the game.

Senior Bowl 2014 Roster Changes

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Senior Bowl 2014 Roster Changes

Injured Players – out for practices and game
OT Ja’Wuan Jones - Tennessee / knee sprain
TE Marcel Jensen - Fresno St / abdominal strain
DE Ed Stinson - Alabama / groin pull
CB Aaron Colvin - Oklahoma / knee ACL
WR Kain Colter - Northwestern / ankle
WR Shaq Evans – UCLA
DE James Gayle - Virginia Tech /
CB Jaylen Watkins - Florida /
LB Jordan Zumwalt - UCLA / questionable

Photo - LB Khalil Mack - Buffalo

Replacement Players
Michigan St - WR - Bennie Fowler
Troy St - WR - Eric Thomas
Missouri - WR - L’Damian Washington
Colorado State - TE - Crockett Gilmore
UMass - TE - Rob Blanchflower
Florida - OT - Matt Patchan
Louisiana Tech - DE - IK Enemkpali
Louisiana-Lafayette - LB - Justin Anderson
Jackson State - CB - Qua Cox

Players Who Did not attend Senior Bowl
A.J. McCarron/QB/ALABAMA
Carlos Hyde/RB/OHIO STATE
Jake Matthews/OT/TEXAS A&M
Khalil Mack/LB/BUFFALO
C.J. Mosley/LB/ALABAMA
Shayne Skov/LB/STANFORD
Darqueze Dennard/ CB/MICHIGAN STATE
Justin Gilbert/CB/OKLAHOMA STATE
Larmarcus Joyner/DB/FLORIDA STATE

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 20 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

2014 Senior Bowl Week Peaks With Double Practices

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2014 Senior Bowl Week Begins with Weigh-in and Practices
Senior Bowl 2014 – Falcons & Jaguars Staffs Direct All-Star Classic

The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams.

The 2014 Senior Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, January 25, 2014, in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The contest will be nationally-televised by NFL Network. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm CST. The coaching staffs of the Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars were selected by the NFL to coach the 2014 Reese’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama.

With the weigh-in measureables in the book, the Senior Bowl practices are in process. Every year the practices on Tuesday and Wednesday are the most critical to the evaluation process. The midweek practices are in full pads in front of hundreds of NFL scouts, GM and personnel directors. These practices with an emphasis on one on one drills are essential parts of the scouting system for NFL readiness.
Here are a dozen of players to watch

Draft Insiders Digest will have an extensive Senior Bowl Weigh-in and Practice Reports in Newsletter and Subscriber Emails - Frank Coyle / Publisher

Senior Bowl Prospects to Watch

Offense
Jimmy Garoppolo - QB - Eastern Illinois
Rising small college QB looking to enter the top 5 passers with a strong week.

David Carr - QB - Fresno St.
Excellent prospect hopes to recover from suspect bowl performance.

Robert Herron - WR - Wyoming
Fast vertical threat will get attention with impact ability.

Seantrel Henderson - OT - Miami
Massive tackle hopes to show consistency after an erratic career.

Weston Richburg - OL - Colorado St.
Tough pivotman can shine in these drills.

Kadeem Edwards - OG - Tennessee St.
Wide body mauler looks to impress vs the big boys.

Defense
Trent Murphy - DE - Stanford
Rising versatile defender hopes to show he can play up and down here.

Dee Ford - DE - Auburn
Explosive edge rusher looks to impress the 3-4 defensive clubs this week

Ra’Shede Hageman - DT - Minnesota
Massive athlete has the talent and motor to be the best player here.

Justin Ellis - DL - Louisiana Tech
Wide body tackle hopes to parlay an E-W week into super Senior Bowl effort.

Walt Aikens - CB - Liberty
Tall defender faces big time talent and hopes to impress in one on one matchups.

Keith McGill - CB - Utah
Versatile defender hopes to prove he can matchup with speedy deep threats.

Week Schedule
Monday
Weigh-In - 9:30 am - 11:30 am cst
Practice Schedule - 2:30-4:40 pm cst

Tuesday – Thursday Practices
9:30 - 11:30 am
2:30 - 4:40 pm

Senior Bowl Game - Saturday - Ladd Peebles Stadium 4 pm est
Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

2013 Senior Bowl Week Begins with Weigh-in and Practices

Senior Bowl Classic Heads All-Star Game Postseason

Photo - DT Star Lotulelei - Utah

2013 Senior Bowl Week Begins with Weigh-in and Practices

The 2013 Senior Bowl is scheduled for Saturday, January 26, 2013, in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. The contest will be nationally-televised by NFL Network. Kickoff is set for 3:00 pm CST.

The Senior Bowl is the nation’s most unique football game and football’s premier pre-draft event, annually featuring the country’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams representing the North and South which are coached by the entire coaching staffs from two National Football League teams.

Week Schedule
Monday
Weigh-In - 9:30 am - 11:30 am cst
Practice Schedule - 2:30-4:40 pm cst

Tuesday – Thursday Practices
9:30 - 11:30 am
2:30 - 4:40 pm

Senior Bowl Game - Saturday - Ladd Peebles Stadium 3 pm

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

Senior Bowl Classic Heads All-Star Game Postseason

Senior Bowl Heads All-Star Game Postseason

Photo - DT Star Lotulelei - Utah

Major All-Star Game Schedule

Casino Del Sol College All-Star Game
Jan. 11, Tucson, Ariz.
East-West Shrine
Jan 19, St. Petersburg, Florida
4 pm, NFL Network
NFLPA Collegiate Bowl
Jan 19, Carson, California
ESPN time TBA

Senior Bowl Classic
Game - Jan 26, Mobile, Alabama
Practices - Monday thru Thursday
4 pm, NFL Network

Texas vs the Nation
Feb. 2, Allen, Texas
8 pm, Fox Sports

Completed All-Star Games
HBCU Bowl
Nov 30, Baltimore
DIII Senior Classic
Dec 7, Salem, Virginia 7 pm
DII vs NAIA Star game
Dec 15, Myrtle Beach, Fl
FSC Senior Scout Bowl
Dec 15, Myrtle Beach, Fl

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game.

Senior Bowl Unveils First Ever Watch List

Senior Bowl Unveils First Ever Watch List
SEC leads all conferences with 71 players, 114 schools represented

Mobile, AL. —The Senior Bowl will once again have a wide range of talent to choose from when selecting the top senior college football players for its annual showcase event. The nation’s premier all-star game unveiled its first ever “Watch List” today, highlighting 309 seniors and top NFL draft prospects from 114 different schools to keep an eye on during the 2012 college football season.

The top 100 seniors in the country will be invited to participate in the 2013 Senior Bowl, set for Saturday, January 26th in Mobile’s Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Appearing on the Watch List is not a requirement for a player to earn an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

“The Senior Bowl is very pleased to announce our first-ever ‘official’ Watch List,” Senior Bowl Executive Director Phil Savage said. “We want both college and pro football fans to enjoy tracking the players on our list as they begin their journey towards the Senior Bowl and the 2013 NFL Draft. We have included prospects from almost every level of the college game and look forward to monitoring their progress throughout the upcoming season.”

The Southeastern Conference, winners of the last six BCS National Championships, leads all conferences with 71 players on the list. Alabama, Georgia and Nebraska are all tied with the most players on the list with nine a piece. The Big Ten has the second highest amount of players on the Watch List with 46. Among those seniors is 2011 Heisman Trophy finalist Montee Ball of Wisconsin. The running back led the nation with 1,923 yards and 33 touchdowns a year ago. Other high profile players featured on the list are USC quarterback Matt Barkley, Utah defensive lineman Star Lotulelei and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te’o.

“This 2013 draft class has a solid cross-section of quarterbacks, from names like Matt Barkley and Tyler Wilson to other relative unknowns like Alex Carder (Western Michigan) and Zac Dysert (Miami-OH). There also appears to be quality depth at the center and guard spots on offense, along the defensive line (both DT and DE) and at safety on defense,” Savage said.

The Senior Bowl Watch List also includes 29 players from non-FBS schools. The showcase event has a long-standing tradition of featuring smaller school standouts, with seven FCS and Division II players on last year’s roster alone. Elon wide receiver Aaron Mellette, who led the FCS in receptions per game (10.27) and receiving yards per game (149.0) in 2011, is among those smaller school standouts that has caught Savage’s eye.
“I've seen three games on Aaron from last year and he is a legitimate NFL prospect with size and athleticism. Elon plays North Carolina this year and everyone can't wait to see how he performs against a higher level of competition,” Savage said of Mellette.

Invitations for the 2013 Senior Bowl will be begin being extended in the next few weeks and continue throughout the 2012 season. Tickets for the 2013 Senior Bowl are currently available for purchase at the Senior Bowl ticket office (151 Dauphin Street), online at www.seniorbowl.com or by calling (251) 432-4109.

2013 Senior Bowl Watch List Breakdown

By Conference
SEC: 71
Big 10: 46
ACC: 43
Pac 12: 31
Big 12: 29
FCS/Div. II: 29
Big East: 15
CUSA: 10
Sun Belt: 11
WAC: 8
MWC: 6
IND: 5
MAC: 5

By Position
QB: 21
OH: 20
WO: 31
OL: 44
TE: 18
FB: 5

DT: 32
DE: 22
DC: 35
DS: 30
ILB: 13
OLB: 22
PK: 8
PT: 6
LS: 2

By School (top 6)
Alabama: 9
Georgia: 9
Nebraska: 9
Arkansas: 8
LSU: 8
Ohio State: 8

For the 2013 Senior Bowl Player Watch List go to www.seniorbowl.com

About the Senior Bowl
The Senior Bowl is college football’s premier senior showcase event, annually featuring the nation’s best senior collegiate football stars and top NFL draft prospects on teams coached by NFL coaching staffs. Senior Bowl practices and game week festivities are attended by more than 800 general managers, head coaches, assistant coaches, scouts and other front office personnel from all 32 National Football League teams, making Mobile and the Senior Bowl the week-long host to a one-of-a-kind NFL Coaches Convention. For more information on the 2013 Senior Bowl please visit the bowl’s website at www.seniorbowl.com.

Senior Bowl 2012 - North Tops South Behind Isaiah Pead's Strong All-Purpose Performance

North Tops South Behind Isaiah Pead's Strong Performance - Senior Bowl 2012

Photo - RB Isaiah Pead - Cincinnati

University of Cincinnati running back Isaiah Pead was named the Most Valuable Player of the 2012 Senior Bowl, Saturday after totaling 129 all-purpose yards.

“A win caps off the week," Pead said. "You want to go in and practice hard, interview well and meet fans, but going away with a loss – as a competitor – I wouldn’t like that. We’re all out here competing and for the North side to come in and get a win caps off everything. I got everything I wanted out of this week. I got good work done at practice and I got a win for this game."

It was a record-setting day for the reigning Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year. Pead surpassed J.D. Hill of Arizona State as the Senior Bowl’s all-time leader in punt return yardage with 98 on the day. The previous record of 73 had stood since 1971. He also added 31 rushing yards. Pead raised a few eveybrows when he measured in at just under 5'10" and 193 lbs. at the Monday morning weighti-in. He played at over 200 lbs over the 2011 season, but he was noticeably quicker at the Senior Bowl practices and during the game. He also showed big play ability as a punt returner after only marginal talent in that role as a collegian.

Pead adds to his list of accolades which include: 2011 Big East Conference Offensive Player of the Year, First-Team All-Big East running back and 2011 Liberty Bowl MVP. He led the conference with 1,259 rushing yards and 12 rushing TDs.

Joining Pead in the post-game awards ceremony was his teammate this week, Utah St linebacker Bobby Wagner. Wagner was named the Most Outstanding Player on the North after leading the squad with seven total tackles, including one tackle for loss, one interception and one pass breakup. “It’s a pleasure. Just to be out here with everybody and to be looked at as one of the best players on the field, it’s a great thing for a small school guy,” Wagner said.

Despite the North’s victory, the South did enjoy some highlights Saturday as Joe Adams earned Most Outstanding Player of the South squad with 133 receiving yards on eight catches. “It feels good because there are so many great players on the South team and to be chosen as a standout is definitely a blessing only from God,” Adams said.

It was Adams’ fumble however that led to the game’s first points, a 27-yard field goal by Purdue’s Carson Wiggs. The second quarter belonged to the North as they outscored their opponent 10-3, thanks to an 8-yard scoring strike from Wisconsin’s Russell Wilson to Cal’s Marvin Jones and another Wiggs field goal—this time from 32 yards out. Bullock added his second field goal of the day in the second quarter too, but the South went into the locker room down 13-6.

Michigan St QB Kirk Cousins continued the North’s offensive success in the second half, hitting Arizona St receiver Gerell Robinson over the middle for a 41-yard touchdown to give the North a 20-6 lead. The South appeared to have life in the early going of the fourth quarter on Arizona QBNick Foles’ 20-yard touchdown toss to his former teammate in Tucson, Juron Criner, but Wiggs’ third field goal of the day—a 28-yarder—was all the North needed to hang on for the win.

The South still leads the all-time series with the North 30-27-3. The win improved the Minnesota Vikings’ coaching staff to 2-0 all-time in Senior Bowls, while the Washington Redskins fell to 3-4.

Frank Coyle is a long time member of the FWAA and voter in College player awards - Heisman, Outland, Nagurski, Lombardi, Thorpe etc for the past 18 years. He writes College Football Mondays weekly during the season. He is a longtime scouting consultant for the Senior Bowl, the nation’s premier postseason All-star game. He does sports radio shows for ESPN, Fox Sports and Sporting News on a year round basis related to College Football especially during the postseason team and All-star Bowl time. He has worked for CBS Sports, NBC Sports, Yahoo and Rivals sports publications and web sites.

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